Me and My Dad:
A Baseball Memoir Ballpark Book
Frommer on Sports
Along with millions of others, I have always been impressed
with Paul O'Neill as a player and as a person. The image of his intense
time in a Yankee uniform, driven, dedicated, competent - is drawn large. I
also had the good fortune to have Paul write the intro to my book "A
"Yankee Century." There, his traits of competence, dependability and also
modesty were in evidence.
So I came to "Me and My Dad: A Baseball Memoir" by Paul O'Neill with
Burton Rocks (Hyperion, $25.95, 244 pages) with high hopes. I have not
been disappointed. This is a book for Father's Day giving, for sports
fans, for Yankee fans. This is a book to own. "Me and My Dad: A Baseball
Memoir" describes the relationship of father Chick and son Paul: the WW II
paratrooper and minor league pitcher, the son who idolized him.
"Watching Dad in his professional capacity," Paul O'Neill writes, "gave me
more insights into his work ethic, how it was important to him to make
sure everything was perfect."
Everything is almost perfect in this moving book that traces O'Neill's
career from the minors, to the Cincinnati Reds, to the New York Yankees,
to the death of his dad on a day in 1999, a day that Paul O'Neill played
in the fourth game of the World Series. Moving and memorable, the book
like Paul O'Neill is a winner.
"Classic Baseball: the Photographs of Walter looss, Jr. (Abrams, $35.00,
210 pages) combines the splendid photographs (91 black and white, 70
color) with the perceptions of Pulitzer Prize winning writer Dave
Anderson. This is the complete package. The book is divided into "Faces,"
"Ballparks," Pitchers," "Hitters," "Baserunners," "Managers" and
"Celebrations." Each section competes for attention, but all are worth
looss has been behind a camera since his days as a teenager. One of his
very early assignments from "Sports Illustrated" was to chronicle the
quest of Roger Maris to break Babe Ruth's single season home run record in
1961. My favorite shot in the book is the centerfold image of St Louis
Cardinal great Bob Gibson literally falling off the mound after delivering
one his high hard ones.
"Classic Baseball" is like a high, hard one - -a time machine through
decades of baseball history with two very competent guides - - Iooss and
Anderson. "The Dodgers Encyclopedia" by William F. McNeil (SportsPublishing,
$39.95, 472 pages) is now in its second edition and updated through the
2002 season. If you bleed Dodger Blue this is the book for you. Replete
with stats, profiles, trivia and 400 black and white photographs - this
book is a fitting tribute to one of baseball's greatest franchises.
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A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports
books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and
"Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE
STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL
AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to
acclaim in 2011. The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was
Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One.
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